A sentence which the heauens aduaunce, where it deserues to sit: (15) A pleasure apt for euery wight, relief to carefull mynde, For woe redresse, for care a salue, for sadnesse helpe we finde. The soueraigne prayse of Musicke still, doth cause the Poetes fayne, That whirling Spheres, and eke the heauens doe hermonie retayne.
I heard, that these three powers, at variaunce lately fell, (20) Whiles ech did prayse his owne delight, the other to excell: Then fame, as an indifferent Iudge, to end the case they call, The prayse pronounced by her to them, indifferently doth fall. Diana health and strength maintaine, Minerua force doth tame, And Musicke giues a sweete delight, to further others game.
(25) These three delightes to hautie myndes, the worthiest are esteemed, If vertue be annexed to them, they rightly be so demed: With ioy they doe reuiue the wit, with sorrow oft opprest, And neuer suffer solemne grief, too long in minde to rest. Be wise in mirth, and seeke delight, the same doe not abuse, (30) In honest mirth a happy ioy, we ought not to refuse.
FINIS. R. Hill.
40. Of a frend and a flatterer. +
A Trustie frend is rare to finde, a fawning foe may soone be got, A faithfull frend beare still in mynde, but fawning so regard thou not. A faithfull frend no cloke doth craue, to coler knauery withall, But Sicophant a gun must haue, to beare a port what ere be fall. (5) A nose to smell out euery feast, a brasen face to set it out, A shamelesse child or homely gest, whose life doth like to raunge about: A fawning foe while wealth doth last, a theefe to rob and spoyle his frend, As strong as oke while wealth doth last, but rotten sticke doth proue in the end.
Looke first, then leape, + beware the mire, (10) Burnt child is warnd to dread the fire; +Take heede my frend, remember this, Short horse (they say) soone curried is. +
FINIS. M. Edwardes,